TOTAL BODY MRI Now Offered at Ackerman Cancer Center

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Total Body MRI

Total Body MRI

Ackerman Cancer Center now offers Total Body MRI services at our Mandarin location

At Ackerman Cancer Center, our commitment to advancing patient care is at the core of our mission. As leaders in oncology cancer care, we are proud to now offer Total Body MRI Scans in our Jacksonville office. A comprehensive understanding of your health is crucial in the fight against cancer, this is why we are proud to introduce Total Body MRI as a groundbreaking addition to our services.

Total Body MRI, performed with the innovative technology of our new Philips 1.5T Ingenia MRI machine, seamlessly integrates into our patient-centered approach, providing a holistic view of your health. Total Body MRI enables us to offer a thorough examination of the entire body, facilitating early detection and pinpointing potential abnormalities.

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Complete Insight, One Scan

Total Body MRI at Ackerman Cancer Center offers a comprehensive scan option, allowing for a detailed examination of critical body regions. This extensive coverage ensures that potential abnormalities are identified early, contributing to a proactive and effective approach to cancer detection. The ultra-sensitive, accurate, and painless nature of the scan minimizes discomfort for patients, making it an accessible and patient-friendly option for those seeking proactive health management.

Total Body MRI boasts quicker scan times, reducing the duration of the imaging process while maintaining the highest standards of precision. This not only enhances patient convenience but also allows for a more efficient diagnostic workflow. At Ackerman Cancer Center, we recognize that your journey is a continuum of care.

Patients undergoing Total Body MRI receive more than just an advanced imaging experience; they gain a dedicated care team that guides them every step of the way. Our commitment extends beyond the scanning room, providing continued care and support post-scan to ensure a seamless and holistic approach to your health and well-being.

Ackerman Cancer Center’s Total Body MRI experience includes a Pre-Scan Consultation, 1-Hour* Body Scan, and a Post-Scan Result Discussion with one of our Oncology Nurse Practitioners.

Total Body MRI Scan Package starting at $3,250.00

*Optional scan sites Abridged MRI Breast (women only) and AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurism screening) will extend scan past 1 hour

Take control of your health. Call us at 904-513-3657 to connect with our team, schedule your scan, and put yourself on the path to total health.

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What can I expect during my Total Body MRI experience?

During your Total Body MRI, you will be positioned on the table and will enter the MRI machine headfirst, with your entire body positioned inside the machine. A wired coil will be placed around your head and neck to ensure minimal movement and continuous still imaging. Our scan typically takes between 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the specific requirements of your scan. You may hear loud noises due to the machine’s magnets working, but you will be provided with ear protection and a selection of music for the duration of your scan. Communication with the technician is possible throughout the procedure via an intercom system.

What is the benefit of an MRI scan versus other imaging modalities?

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of the body. Unlike other imaging modalities, MRI does not use ionizing radiation, making it safer for frequent use.

MRI is particularly advantageous for its detailed soft tissue contrast and safety profile due to the absence of ionizing radiation. However, the choice of imaging modality depends on the specific medical condition and the area of the body being examined. Each modality has its unique strengths, making them suitable for different diagnostic purposes.

What makes Ackerman Cancer Center different from an imaging center?

Visiting Ackerman Cancer Center for a Total Body MRI offers significant advantages over typical imaging centers. Ackerman Cancer Center is dedicated exclusively to cancer care, providing both diagnostic imaging and advanced treatment options. This specialization allows for a more integrated and focused approach to individualized care. You receive support from a dedicated care team with extensive expertise in total body imaging, ensuring precise and comprehensive assessments. The friendly and compassionate staff prioritize your comfort and well-being, making the process less stressful. The smaller scale of Ackerman Cancer Center allows for a more patient-centric approach and attentive experience compared to larger imaging centers. Choosing Ackerman Cancer Center means opting for thorough, supportive, and integrated healthcare. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re in capable hands, with a clear pathway to care if needed.

How should I prepare for my scan?

To prepare for your MRI scan, you should remove all jewelry, watches, and any other metal objects as they can interfere with the MRI’s magnetic field. If you have any implanted medical devices, such as a pacemaker or a metal implant, please bring your device card with you to the appointment and our team will review prior to scanning. This card provides essential information about your device that helps ensure your safety during the scan. Additionally, you will be provided with a robe to change into to avoid any interference from metal in your clothing.

If you are experiencing any anxiety or concern about your scan, please speak with your primary care provider or healthcare team about prescribed medications that may help ease your worries. You are in excellent hands with our expert team members.

Does insurance cover the cost of a Total Body MRI scan?

No, insurance does not cover the cost of Total Body MRI scans. Most insurance plans do not include total body MRI scans in their coverage because these scans are often considered elective or preventative rather than medically necessary. Insurance companies generally cover diagnostic tests that are specifically ordered by a physician to investigate known medical issues.

How do I pay for my Total Body MRI scan? Do you accept payment plans?

Your full balance is due prior to your scan. We accept credit card, debit card, and cash payments onsite; online payments are not available. Additionally, please note that cancellations within 24 hours of your appointment will incur a $100 cancellation fee.

Why would I not be a candidate for Total Body MRI?

Certain individuals cannot undergo a Total Body MRI due to the risk posed by the strong magnetic field. This includes people with specific spinal cord stimulators, pacemakers, or metal fragments in their eyes or body.

If you have a specific medical diagnosis that requires targeted imaging, a focused MRI scan may be more appropriate and effective than a total body scan.

If you are claustrophobic or experience significant anxiety in confined spaces, you may find it difficult to tolerate the Total Body MRI procedure, which requires you to be inside the MRI machine for an extended period.

If you are unable to remain still for the duration of the scan (typically 60-90 minutes), the quality of the images may be compromised. This can be due to medical conditions, severe pain, or other factors that make it difficult to stay still.

Is there a difference between an abridged breast exam and a normal breast MRI?

An abridged breast exam is a streamlined version of a traditional breast MRI. This exam focuses on soft tissue imaging of the chest and does not require the patient to lie in a prone position, which is typical for a standard breast MRI. Furthermore, no contrast agent is administered during the abridged exam.

It’s important to note that this does not replace regular breast screening, and patients should continue to receive their annual mammograms and/or breast MRIs as recommended by their healthcare provider to ensure comprehensive breast health monitoring.

What information will be included in the report I receive after my scan?

Your Total Body MRI scan report provides a comprehensive overview of the soft tissues throughout your body, offering valuable insights into your overall health. Detailed analysis and findings for each body site that was scanned will be included, in addition to observations on any abnormalities or notable features detected during the scan.

Based on the findings, your report will offer recommendations for any necessary follow-up actions, such as further diagnostic tests, consultations with specialists, or potential treatment options.

Your report will also include contact information for our team, allowing you to easily reach out for further explanations,  to schedule follow-up appointments, or to discuss your results in more detail.

Please note that while the total body MRI scan provides a comprehensive view of your soft tissue, it does not guarantee the detection of all cancers or specific medical conditions.

What are the characteristics of a 1.5 Tesla MRI machine?

The main difference between a 1.5T and a 3T MRI machine lies in their magnetic field strength and the resulting image quality and scan speed. A 3T (Tesla) machine has a stronger magnetic field, allowing it to produce higher resolution images more quickly than a 1.5T machine. This makes the 3T ideal for detailed imaging needs, such as brain scans. However, the 1.5T machine is still highly capable of producing excellent resolution images and is often used for a variety of scans. One limitation of the 3T machine is its incompatibility with most implants, meaning patients with certain types of medical implants may not be able to be scanned. The 1.5T machine, on the other hand, is more likely to be compatible with such implants.